An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive
One who imposes or favors absolute obedience to authority
The archbishop Giovanni Visconti was at this period virtually despot of Milan.
It was about 348-345 B.C. that Aristotle spent three years at Assus with Hermeas, an ex-slave who had succeeded his former master Eubulus as despot of Assus and Atarneus.
The spectacle of an Eastern despot apparently advancing on the lines of European progress was in itself as astonishing as new.
Palaeologus and his son Theodore, despot of the Morea; W.